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Hugo Boss taps Hengstmann as sustainability chief
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:32:00 GMT

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has appointed former Puma executive Reiner Hengstmann as senior head of global sustainability. 
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:03:00 GMT

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a new report which found Syrian refugee workers in Turkish clothing factories that supply the likes of Next and H&M, renewed fears for worker safety after the latest garment factory fire in Bangladesh, and an update from Under Armour on its competitive positioning.
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Matalan rating downgraded on profit "concerns"
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:36:00 GMT

Value fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has had its ratings outlook downgraded by Moody's over concerns about the company's ability to reverse the decline in profitability in its current fiscal.
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US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:37:00 GMT

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the holiday period, it's no surprise US apparel retailers suffered in January, with the majority reporting comparable store sales declines.
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Oeko-Tex sets new STeP certification criteria
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:46:00 GMT

Oeko-Tex has put new criteria into place for its STeP certification standard, designed to make the sustainability of production facilities throughout the textile supply chain visible using a transparent scoring system.
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Hanesbrands Q4 performance "disappoints"
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:09:00 GMT

US apparel manufacturer Hanesbrands delivered a somewhat disappointing fourth-quarter performance, as warmer weather hurt sales, and provided "conservative" guidance for fiscal 2016. 
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Deckers to close stores on "challenging" Q3
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:02:00 GMT

Apparel and footwear group Deckers Brands is to speed up some elements of its long-term strategy with the closure of around 20 stores, after revealing a "more challenging" third-quarter than it expected.
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Wolverine implements new operating structure
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:53:00 GMT

US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has implemented a new brand operating group structure with the appointment of four new divisional heads. 
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UK fashion bounces back with "strong" sales in January 
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:42:00 GMT

UK retail sales bounced back in January from their worst Christmas since 2008, with fashion being the strongest performer, thanks to extended discounts during the month. 
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Unions call for Indonesia minimum wage review
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:23:00 GMT

Unions are urging the Indonesian government to return to the bargaining table to increase the country's minimum wage.
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No catalyst for change forecast at Ralph Lauren until May
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:05:00 GMT

Analysts have said there will be "no catalyst for sentiment change" at Ralph Lauren until May, after the US apparel giant lowered its full-year outlook and posted a double-digit decline in third-quarter net profit. 
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Global news roundup
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:09:00 GMT

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Kohl's cuts FY profit outlook on lower sales
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:23:00 GMT

Department store retailer Kohl's has cut its full-year earnings guidance as a result of lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margin. 
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Bangladesh fire highlights race to make factories safe
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:03:00 GMT

A fire that broke out at a garment factory in Bangladesh that was supposedly "on track" with remedial action highlights the race against time to make Bangladesh's garment factories safe, according to one industry trade union. 
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Ethiopia textile and apparel exports lag behind target
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:26:00 GMT

The export performance of Ethiopia's textile and apparel sector is lagging behind plan in the first six months of the year, according to the latest figures. 
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Simparel promotes industry veteran Mangual to president
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT

Fashion software supplier Simparel has promoted fashion and technology veteran Roberto Mangual to the position of president. 
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Stable cotton outlook for India but risk of price crash
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:33:00 GMT

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has maintained a stable outlook for the country's cotton textiles sector in FY16/17 thanks to margin expansion led by lower cotton prices, but has warned of the risk of a potential price crash due to uncertainty in China.
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Michael Kors "pleased" with Q3 despite profit drop 
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:37:00 GMT

Luxury lifestyle brand Michael Kors has said it is "pleased" with its third-quarter trading performance after sales were bolstered by strong growth in Japan, but profit slipped 3%. 
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Gore engineers new protective rainwear fabrics
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:17:00 GMT

Outdoor fabric specialist WL Gore & Associates has introduced what it describes as the "next generation" of protective arc-flash rated rainwear fabric.
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Sympatex extends seamless technology to occupational safety
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:51:00 GMT

Functional textile specialist Sympatex Technologies is extending its innovative footwear laminate for use in the occupational safety sector.
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H&M backs water conservation action in Bangladesh
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:20:00 GMT

Swedish apparel retailer H&M has joined forces with conservation and environmental advocacy group WWF to publish two investigative reports supporting strong action on water and good water governance in Bangladesh.
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H&M and Primark price rivalry reaches equilibrium
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:58:00 GMT

Price competition between fast fashion retailers Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Primark has now reached an equilibrium in the UK, according to an analyst evaluation, with Primark's prices now consistently around 60% lower than that of its rival. 
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Southeast Asia - a strategic sourcing review
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:23:00 GMT

Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar continue to attract huge interest as apparel supply bases - and a new report from just-style aims to make it easier for retailers, brands and importers to evaluate the key advantages and challenges of sourcing and manufacturing in each country.
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TPP trade pact in "milestone" signing by 12 nations
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:28:00 GMT

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by ministers in New Zealand.
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Premičre Vision planning to launch pre-collection show
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:36:00 GMT

Leading trade show organiser Premičre Vision is planning a new concept to align with the season's earliest pre-collections.
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Update - Calls for long-term stability after latest US port strike
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:57:00 GMT

Retailers are calling on unions to seek long-term stability at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports in the US after what has been described as an illegal walkout by dockworkers last week. 
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Chasing Fireflies moves to cloud PLM platform
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:48:00 GMT

Children's lifestyle brand Chasing Fireflies has deployed the cloud-based version of YuniquePLM in a bid to maintain consistency, visibility and efficiency in the development of its proprietary children's costumes and apparel.
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The Kooples upgrades pattern making tool to support expansion
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:19:00 GMT

French fashion retailer The Kooples is implementing the expert version of Lectra's Modaris pattern making, grading and prototyping solution to support its expansion plans. 
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Clothing discounts push down UK retail prices in January
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:07:00 GMT

Driven largely by discounts and promotions in clothing and footwear, UK retail prices continued to fall in January. 
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Fashion brands pledge action for workers in India
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:09:00 GMT

Four major fashion brands have pledged to take serious action to remedy what has been alleged as "appalling living conditions" and "restricted freedom of movement" for apparel workers in Bangalore, India.
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US urged to downgrade Uzbekistan in trafficking report
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:26:00 GMT

The US apparel and footwear industry has urged its government to downgrade Uzbekistan to the lowest tier in its upcoming trafficking report in response to the country's continued use of forced labour in its cotton harvests.
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US apparel industry pledges strong support for TPP
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:38:00 GMT

The US apparel and footwear industry has come out in "strong" support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, despite some restrictions on clothing that it says will delay any immediate benefits.
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Ethiopia Minister to give Prime Source keynote
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:16:00 GMT

Minister Arkebe Oqubay, special advisor to Ethiopia's Prime Minster, will provide a keynote address at this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, which aims to address dealing with disruptions to the fashion supply chain.
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PVH to take control of Tommy Hilfiger China business
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:49:00 GMT

US apparel giant PVH Corp is to take full control of its Tommy Hilfiger China joint venture in a deal worth US$172m.
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Update - Bangladesh factory fire renews fears for worker safety
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:00:00 GMT

Labour rights groups say they are "disturbed" after a fire that broke out yesterday (2 February) at a Bangladesh garment factory supplying fashion retailers H&M and JC Penney that was "on track" with remedial action following an inspection by the US-based Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.
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Columbia Sportswear taps new manager for China venture
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:03:00 GMT

Thirteen-year Nike veteran Jason Zhu has been named as general manager of Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai), the China joint venture between Columbia Sportswear Company and Swire Resources.
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Cold weather and discounts boost Uniqlo January sales 
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:35:00 GMT

Strong New Year discounts combined with buoyant demand for winter merchandise boosted Uniqlo's overall performance in January, registering double-digit sales growth at is Japanese stores. 
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Ben Sherman sold in BMB Clothing licensing deal
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:42:00 GMT

British fashion label Ben Sherman has been sold by Marquee Brands in a pre-pack administration deal just six months after being bought by the licensing and development firm. 
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China factory activity continues to deteriorate
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:44:00 GMT

The downturn in manufacturing activity in China has extended into 2016, with new data showing that operating conditions continued to deteriorate in January for the eleventh month in a row, albeit at a modest pace.
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Poland and Czech Republic workers in poverty wages claim
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:13:00 GMT

Low wages, forced and unpaid overtime, and a harmful work environment are among violations likely to be faced by garment workers in Poland and the Czech Republic, according to the latest in a series of investigations by labour rights campaigners.
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Fire hits Bangladesh factory "on track" with remedial action
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:00:00 GMT

Labour groups have expressed their "disturbance" over a fire at that broke out today (7 February) at a Bangladesh garment factory supplying fashion retailers H&M and JC Penney, that was "on track" with remedial action following an inspection by the Alliance.
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Probe begins into US east coast dockworkers walkout
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:57:00 GMT

An investigation has begun into what is described as an illegal walkout by dockworkers at the largest port complex on the East Coast of the United States on Friday (29 January).
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PVH lifts FY earnings outlook on designer brands boost
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:41:00 GMT

Apparel giant PVH Corp has lifted its full-year guidance to the higher end of its previous outlook thanks to the strength of its Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands. 
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Macy's appointments support omni-channel plans
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:47:00 GMT

US retail giant Macy's has created two new senior executive posts in a bid to aggressively grow its omni-channel business.
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TJX board elects Herrman as chief executive
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:57:00 GMT

Off-price retailer TJX Companies has appointed Ernie Herrman as its chief executive as part of a CEO succession plan announced last October. 
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Smart shoes take leap forward with Digitsole
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:37:00 GMT

The future of smart footwear is about to take a leap forward with the launch of a shoe that tightens itself, heats the wearer's feet, and counts calories and distance. 
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Material Snapshots to help with decision-making
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:38:00 GMT

International non-profit organisation Textile Exchange has released the first half of its new Material Snapshots, designed to offer a deep dive into 29 different fibres and materials and help brands make decisions on which to use.
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Apparel supply chains a risk to biodiversity
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:32:00 GMT

Assessing the risk to biodiversity in a company's supply chain, and setting out clear conservation commitments, are among recommendations in a new report that accuses the global apparel industry of having a negative impact on the world's ecosystems.
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Researchers pilot eco-friendly wrinkle-resistant fabric
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:09:00 GMT

A team of researchers has piloted what is described as a nontoxic, renewable, and economic method for giving cotton fabrics enhanced wrinkle recovery and dimensional stability.
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Probe begins into US east cost dockworkers walkout
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:57:00 GMT

An investigation has begun into what is described as an illegal walkout by dockworkers at the largest port complex on the East Coast of the United States on Friday (29 January).
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$3m project provides textile skills training to Karachi youth
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:45:00 GMT

More than 13,000 youth and women from marginalised households in Pakistan's largest city Karachi are set to benefit from a three-year training programme that aims to provide them with technical skills in the garment and home textiles industries.
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Cheap polyester contributes to shifts in cotton imports
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:09:00 GMT

The ongoing drop in polyester prices is hurting cotton consumption in China, with Vietnam now poised to overtake China as the largest importer of cotton in the current year.
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New name and holding company for Men's Wearhouse
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:00:00 GMT

Formal clothing retailer Men's Wearhouse is moving to a holding-company structure under the new name Tailored Brands Inc.
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American Apparel Q3 losses deepen amid reorganisation
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:23:00 GMT

American Apparel saw its losses deepen in the third quarter as the US fashion group works through a reorganisation plan aimed at exiting Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 
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Under Armour defends questions over strategy
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:17:00 GMT

Hot on the heels of its best quarterly growth of the year, US sportswear giant Under Armour has defended questions over the competitive positioning of the group's footwear and women's wear categories, and the potential maturity of its domestic business.
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Amazon passes $100bn annual sales mark
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:44:00 GMT

Amazon has emerged as one of the clear winners in the battle for holiday spend, after the online retail behemoth comfortably passed the US$100bn annual sales mark. 
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LC Waikiki rolls out Bangladesh quality management system
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:48:00 GMT

Turkish fashion brand LC Waikiki has set up a new quality management system to be used with its Bangladesh garment suppliers that it says is proactive, rather than reactive, in responding to health and safety issues.
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Key Bangladesh factory safety issues still not fixed
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:50:00 GMT

Progress in improving worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment continues to frustrate stakeholders in the EU-led Sustainability Compact, with many key issues remaining "priority areas" despite repeated attempts to push for change.
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Syrian refugee children found in Turkish clothing factories
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:54:00 GMT

Fashion retailers Next and H&M have admitted to finding Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in Turkey, prompting calls for other brands to take a closer look at their supply chains to take action to ensure minors are not being exploited.
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Colombia contests WTO decision on apparel tariffs
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:18:00 GMT

Colombia is appealing a recent decision by the World Trade Organzation (WTO) that it was breaking world trade rules over a tariff it imposed on imports of textiles, apparel and footwear from Panama.
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Oeko-Tex pilots Eco Passport chemicals certification
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:28:00 GMT

Certification body Oeko-Tex is piloting its new Eco Passport testing programme, which verifies whether textile chemicals, auxiliaries and dyes can be used in sustainable textile production.
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Glamorise selects ERP to support global expansion
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:40:00 GMT

Bra manufacturer Glamorise Foundations Inc is to use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to help sustain its expansion, purchasing and sourcing growth, and supply chain processes.
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Update - Who has pledged to ban the use of angora?
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:55:00 GMT

More than 90 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following ongoing pressure from animal rights group PETA.
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Hudson Jeans and Robert Graham merger completes
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:45:00 GMT

Joe's Jeans has completed the planned merger of Hudson Jeans and Robert Graham to launch a new public platform focusing on branded companies in the premium consumer space. 
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GSD and Mr Engineer team up on productivity tools
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:44:00 GMT

The range of solutions provided to the sewn products industry to increase productivity, develop technical skills and drive efficiency is set to expand following a sales partnership between GSD and Mr Engineer.
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DuPont grows apparel testing capacity with new facilities
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:22:00 GMT

DuPont Protection Solutions is increasing its capacity to test and analyse the performance of protective apparel exposed to sudden fire, with the addition of two new facilities in Brazil and Singapore.
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Smart textile applications on show at wearable tech event
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:26:00 GMT

More wearable technology pioneers will gather in London in March to launch the next generation of smart textile applications while offering insight into where the industry is heading. 
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New online platform connects buyers and suppliers
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:57:00 GMT

A new online platform has launched with the aim of digitally connecting mass-market apparel retailers and suppliers without the need for trade shows, sample trips, spreadsheets, phone calls and emails to discuss trends.
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Investment fund to support Better Cotton projects
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:57:00 GMT

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has partnered with a number of global apparel brands, including Levi Strauss and Adidas, to launch a global investment vehicle to support Better Cotton projects around the world. 
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US opens talks on advancing Africa trade relations
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:31:00 GMT

The US has started talks aimed at advancing trade relations with Africa beyond one-way trade preferences, in a move it hopes will harness the full investment potential of the two regions.
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Hirdaramani opens new factory in north Sri Lanka
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:38:00 GMT

Leading Sri Lankan garment manufacturer Hirdaramani Group has opened a new state-of-the-art apparel factory in the north-east of the country, providing key jobs and opportunities in the district most adversely affected by the country's 25-year long civil war.
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Mild weather hits UK clothing sales in January 
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:42:00 GMT

Mild weather weighed on sales at UK clothing retailers in January, ending nine consecutive months of growth for the category.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:24:00 GMT

The most-read stories on just-style this week include an update from outdoor wear brands on their progress in reducing PFCs after an investigation found some products contained hazardous chemicals, the launch of a new round of EU funding for Myanmar's garment sector, and new targets by Gap Inc to strengthen worker rights across its global supply chain.
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UPDATE - Quiksilver to emerge from bankruptcy in February
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:28:00 GMT

Struggling surfwear business Quiksilver has had its reorganisation plan approved in court and expects to emerge from bankruptcy in early February.
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New EU regulation on personal protective equipment
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:27:00 GMT

The European Parliament has approved new safety rules to prevent fake and dangerous personal protective equipment, such as helmets or lifejackets, entering the EU.
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